COVID-19 vaccination update, 18 June

All adults now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine

All adults now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine

All adults can now book a life-saving Covid jab vaccine.

From today, everyone aged 18 and over is being urged to arrange a jab if they have not had one as the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme, the biggest in health service history, begins the final push to protect the country.

People can book on the national booking system – either the website or by calling 119 – or through their GP led service.

People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.

This opening up to the final cohort of people comes fewer than 200 days since the NHS made history by delivering the first Covid vaccine.

Already, around eight in 10 adults have had their first dose while more than half have had their vital second dose, meaning they have maximum protection from Covid-19.

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said:

“This is truly a watershed moment: whoever you are, wherever you live, if you are aged 18 or older and you are yet to book your Covid jab, today should be the day you make that happen.

“Extensive planning and the tireless hard work of staff and volunteers have made the NHS vaccine programme an historic success.

“Now we are delivering a final push to protect the country so when your time comes, or if you haven’t done so already, please play your part and come forward to make your first appointment or get your second dose.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“Offering all adults a jab less than 200 days after the programme launched is one of our country’s greatest collective achievements, saving over 14,000 lives so far.

“I cannot thank NHS staff, the Army, volunteers, manufacturers and all those involved in this extraordinary national effort enough.

“Today sees vaccines accelerate in their race with the virus – so now let’s finish the job. If you haven’t yet, come forward and get your jab.”

Progress to date

Total Covid vaccinations in Sussex: 1,945,734

Local NHS urges people not to delay second doses

Local NHS urges people not to delay second doses

As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its final stages, the local NHS is urging local residents to remember to get their second dose.

People aged 40 and over are now able to have their second jab from eight weeks after their first – moving it forward from the original 12 week period. This extends the group after people aged 50 and over were able to do this last month.

If you have booked your appointments through the national booking system, you can use the website or call 119 to move your second dose forward.

If you had your first vaccination from a GP led team, you will be contacted as quickly as possible to rearrange your second dose.

Whether you are moving it forward, or have an appointment booked, everyone is urged to attend their second dose appointment.

Research this week showed how important the second jab is at protecting people against the Delta/Indian variant.

Studies have found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 96% effective against hospitalisation after two doses, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective.

To date more than 1.1 million people in Sussex have received their vaccination, and more than 800,000 have had both doses.

Vaccine for under 40s now available in Chichester

Covid-19 vaccine

From this week, vaccinations for people aged under 40 are now available in Chichester.

The Westgate Vaccination Centre, run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, has been open since 18 February 2021 and to date has delivered close to 100,000 vaccinations.

In line with vaccination centres across the country, it was initially supplied with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to offer people their jab as quickly as possible across the local community.

Following national guidance, people under the age of 40 should be offered an alternative vaccine to the Oxford AstraZeneca.

To make sure people in and around Chichester can therefore book their COVID-19 vaccine and receive the vital protection, the Westgate Vaccination Centre has been extended and is now able to offer both Pfizer and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

The first vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine took place on Wednesday.

If you can’t see any local appointments, the NHS encourages people to keep trying as more appointments are being added constantly in line with vaccine supply.

Sharon Bayliss, SCFT’s lead for the Trust’s Westgate COVID Vaccination Centre, said:

“All the team at Westgate are delighted to be able to now offer the Pfizer vaccine. We are so proud of the part that we are playing in the wider Sussex vaccination programme and have so far administered nearly 100,000 vaccines from this site.

“I want to pay tribute to all the team at Westgate for everything they have done to be able to offer this second vaccine in addition to Astra Zeneca. We look forward to welcoming those who are under 40 to receive their vaccinations.”

Saxonbury House Surgery vaccination service now on the national booking system and ready to book your appointment

Saxonbury House Surgery

After incredible work to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination to people living across the Wealden area so far, the vaccination service at Saxonbury House Surgery is now calling for anyone who is yet to have their jab to come forward.

The service is now available on the national booking system, which means that you can book your appointment at Saxonbury through the booking website – nhs.uk/Covid-vaccine or by calling 119.

It is really simple and can be completed in a few minutes – booking both first and second dose appointments.

Read more about Saxonbury House now being available on the national booking system.

Community first dose pop-up session in Eastbourne this weekend

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A first dose pop-up COVID-19 vaccination session will be held on Sunday 20 June from 10am-1pm at Hampden Park Surgery, 12 Brodrick Close, Hampden Park, Eastbourne BN22 9NQ.

The session will offer both booked appointments to its existing patients and walk-in slots to anyone else that is eligible. People over the age of 21, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

This community session is for first vaccinations only and you do not have to book an appointment, just turn up during the time stated above with your NHS number, if you know it. You should also wear a face covering. Please dress for the weather and bring a drink of water in case you have to queue for a short time.

Community pop-up session in Hastings next weekend

A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination session will be held on Saturday 26 June 10.30am-3.30pm at Warrior Square Surgery, Marlborough House, Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6BG.

People over the age of 21, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

These community sessions are for first vaccinations only and you do not have to book an appointment, just turn up during the time stated above.

If you have already had your first jab at another service elsewhere please wait for them to let you know your second appointment time and go back to them for your second jab.

Read more about the session and a further date at another location in July.

Quiet Covid-19 Vaccination Session – Crawley, Sunday 27 June

Get your COVID-19 vaccination in a quieter, calmer environment

This Quiet Session is being offered to people living in Sussex who are currently eligible for the vaccine and who may need more time for their appointment, or who have extra access needs where a quieter and calmer environment would help support them to receive their vaccination. This includes:

  • People with learning disabilities
  • People who are autistic
  • People living with a neurodiverse condition
  • People with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s

You can book your carer in at the same time if they need their first vaccination dose and we can help you arrange free transport or a live British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

To book your appointment call or text Claire Evans on 07393 798 050 or email ClaireEvans4@nhs.net

Incredible milestone reached at Brighton Racecourse

Incredible milestone reached at Brighton Racecourse

Today, the HERE GP Federation team has reached 100,000 vaccinations given to people in Brighton and Hove.

The team have been running the vaccination service at the Brighton Racecourse, as well as mobile services with the vaccination ambulance and bus, and housebound vaccinations.

Amy Galea, Senior Responsible Officer for the Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination Programme said:

“The whole team at the Brighton Racecourse vaccination service have been incredible over the last six months and reaching this remarkable milestone of 100,000 delivered is testament to their tireless work and commitment to make a different to everyone that lives in and around Brighton and Hove.

Alongside their work at the Racecourse, teams of clinicians, administrators and volunteers have also worked to bring the vaccine out to communities in the city to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to have their vaccination. They have been on the road for weeks, continuing this week, making every effort to reach every part of the city.

As this weekend all adults become eligible for the vaccine, the work of HERE with Brighton and Hove GP practices at the Racecourse and the mobile service is absolutely critical so that everyone can receive this vital protection. Our thanks to them for all of their work and congratulations to everyone for this incredible achievement for people in the city.”

Brighton drop-ins

Organisations from across the city have come together to provide COVID-19 vaccinations on board a bus and ambulance in a drive to reach members of the community who are unable to get to the larger vaccination sites.

The mobile services are visiting the following Brighton locations this weekend are at:

  • Friday 18 June & Saturday 18 June
    St Peter’s Church, Brighton North Laine, 10:30 – 14:30
  • Sunday 20 June
    Brunswick Square, Western Road 10:30 – 14:30

The mobile vaccination units are intended for anyone over the age of 40, clinically vulnerable or an unpaid carer, who is unable to make it to the larger vaccination sites such as the Brighton Centre or Racecourse.

This could be for medical reasons, mobility issues or due to anxiety around attending busy public places. Call 0300 303 8060 to book a time slot at a mobile vaccination unit or simply drop in.

The mobile vaccination units only carry the AstraZeneca vaccine, so are currently unsuitable for those under 40.

Anyone over the age of 21 is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination at the Brighton Centre, Racecourse or via their GP practice.

Call 0300 303 8060 or go online to book.

More information

Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each arealatest datastakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.

Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.

Find more information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme